Physics graduates are sought by government and industry employers for jobs in: telecommunications, electronics, computing, quality control testing, banking, insurance, teaching, management, technical sales and the armed forces. Physics graduates are trained and equipped to engage in multiple activities after receiving their undergraduate degree.
At The Citadel, many of our graduates enter military service. Nationwide, the largest percentage, enter the commercial or government work force, beginning careers in engineering, business, finance, information technology and various high tech sectors. Over 35% of physics graduates nationwide pursue further academic education. So what can a student do with a degree in Physics? The answer most appropriate is: Anything they wish to do!
Physics is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. Your studies will include mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms. Physics provides the foundation for all engineering and many scientific disciplines, including, communications technologies, aerospace, the geosciences, biomedicine and the life sciences. Your research will explore profound questions about the universe and the complex physical and environmental systems in which we exist. The world is moving more toward an economy firmly based on knowledge and continuous innovation.
The jobs you will seek upon graduation will require greater ability to invent, improve and adapt, and to see beyond present challenges to future opportunities. Success in this evolving economy will demand a scientifically educated and trained populace. A degree in physics will posture you for unlimited opportunities to contribute successfully to society in multiple ways and to earnabove competitive compensation in the process.
The majority of physics graduates pursue careers in fields where they can put their knowledge and expertise to more practical applications, while some go on to become professional physicists. With their skills in problem solving, mathematical reasoning, computer programming, and organizing and interpreting scientific data, physics grads can move into governmental and industrial jobs that require an ability to think logically and creatively. Physics majors are well suited to jobs that require step-by-step problem solving using math skills and excellent observational and communications skills.